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  • Copland - Appalachian Spring / Billy The Kid (Speakers Corner) Copland - Appalachian Spring / Billy The Kid (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Copland - Appalachian Spring / Billy The Kid (Speakers Corner)

    Aaron Copland is among those Americans whose compositions have found worldwide recognition. Measured against his long lifespan (1900-1990), his creative phase was relatively short, and indeed he hardly composed at all from the Sixties onwards. His most important works were his answer to the musical crisis of the Thirties, and he has gone down in history as having greatly influenced the development of New Music in the USA.



    The ballets Appalachian Spring (1944) and Billy the Kid (1938) are considered to be key works of their day. Both have folkloric traits, which brought Copland the reputation of having a penchant for borrowed melodies. In reality, the well-known tunes are very subtly treated and modified, and are incorporated into large-scale, defined forms. Now and again, melodic echoes of Mahler's music or highly rhythmic exposed passages reminiscent of Stravinsky flash through. The ballet Billy the Kid is thoroughly American. Arranged in orchestral 'wide-screen sound', as it were, cowboy melodies glow with the very best Wild West tradition, and are bedded in a dramaturgy which is almost ripe for a film soundtrack. The signal to Hollywood is virtually unmistakable. That is America.




    Recording: June 1961 by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz

    Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Copland: Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid - The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antal Dorati
    Antal Dorati with the London Symphony Orchestra
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  • Copland 100/Minnesota Orchestra Copland 100/Minnesota Orchestra Quick View

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    Copland 100/Minnesota Orchestra

    200 Gram LP Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings


    Eiji Oue conducts the Minnesota Orchestra performing selections by Aaron Copland.


    Aaron Copland, America's best-known and best-loved composer, would have been 100 years old this centennial year. Reference Recordings is pleased to honor his memory with this memorial LP of three of his most renowned and memorable works. Fanfare For the Common Man has become emblematic of state and major sports occasions. Its majestic strains for brass and percussion inevitably raise goosebumps wherever they are heard.


    Appalachian Spring is Copland's most beloved dance score, and is indelibly associated with Martha Graham, who gave it birth. It sings of earlier-Americans whose lives were tied to the land and it features the timeless folksong Simple Gifts. The Third Symphony is considered to be Copland's masterpiece, the finest symphony produced by any 20th-century American. Its finale brings back the Fanfare, scored for full symphony orchestra, to bring the program to a spine-tingling climax.

    1. Fanfare For The Common Man
    2. Third Symphony
    3. Molto Moderato
    4. Allegro Molto
    5. Andantino Quasi Allegretto
    6. Molto Deliberato
    Eiji Oue
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  • Stravinsky: Les Noces (Speakers Corner) Stravinsky: Les Noces (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Stravinsky: Les Noces (Speakers Corner)

    Although ten years separate the gigantic composition Le Sacre du Printemps and the dance cantata Les Noces, the more recent work has several things in common with its scandalous predecessor. Originally Stravinsky planned to use a vast orchestra of 150 musicians, but decided after numerous attempts to settle for four pianos, percussion, voices and mixed chorus.


    Concealed behind the innocuous title is not a peasant wedding but once again an archaic ritual, »which takes possession of several of the central figures, drives them on and eventually crushes them with its unrelenting movement« (AndrÉ Boucourechliev, Igor Stravinski, Fayard 1982). Ballet, rhythmic dance through and through, fuses with Russian melodic song and thereby exudes a folkloristic exoticism.


    Rarely performed yet zestful and a sheer delight for the ears is the burlesque tale Renard, a musical fable about Reynard the crafty Fox, the Cock, the Cat, and the Ram.
    Stravinsky himself conducted this recording made with a grand line-up of America's top composers at the piano keyboard - Samuel Barber, Lukas Foss, Aaron Copland and Roger Sessions. One certainly can't ask for more authenticity on record than these contemporary witnesses.


    Musicians:



    • Columbia Chamber and Percussion Ensembles

    • Igor Stravinsky (conductor)




    Recording: September 1962 at American Legion Hall, Hollywood, and January 1962 at Manhattan Center, New York, by Edwin Michalski
    Production: John McClure




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Les Noces ("The Wedding")
    2. Renard ("The Fox")
    3. Ragtime For Eleven Instruments
    Stravinsky
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Club Album Live From Yellow Lounge  (On Sale) The Club Album Live From Yellow Lounge (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    The Club Album Live From Yellow Lounge (On Sale)

    In May of 2015, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gave a truly unique concert: rather than standing on stage in one of the world's renowned well-tempered grand concert halls, she spent two evenings playing in a tiny graffiti-scrawled nightclub in Berlin. Recorded in front of a standing-room only audience, this new 2-LP release includes popular works by Bach, Copland, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and many more. Mutter is joined by Mahan Esfahani, Lambert Orkis and the Mutter Virtuosi
    LP1
    1. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Concerto In G Minor, RV 315, The Summer - Presto
    2. Gershwin - Three Preludes - Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
    3. Gershwin - Three Preludes - Andante con moto e poco rubato
    4. Gershwin - Three Preludes - Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
    5. Tchaikovsky - Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 - MÉlodie
    6. Brahms - Hungarian Dance No.1 In G Minor, WoO 1
    7. Debussy - Children's Corner, L. 113 - Golliwogg's Cakewalk (Arranged by Jascha Heifetz)
    8. Debussy - Suite bergamasque, L. 75 - Clair de lune (Arranged by Alexandre Rolens)


    LP2
    1. Copland - Rodoe - Hoe Down
    2. Bach - Ava Maria
    3. Benjamin - Jamaican Rumba
    4. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Concerto In F Minor, RV 297, The Winter - Allegro non molto
    5. Williams - Schindler's List - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Theme
    6. Bach - Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 - Vivace
    7. Bach - Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 - Largo ma non tanto
    8. Bach - Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 - Allegro
    9. Schubert - 12 Bagatelles, Op. 13 - L'Abeille

    Anne-Sophie Mutter
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Western Suite (Pure Pleasure) Western Suite (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Western Suite (Pure Pleasure)

    In late 1957, jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and iconoclast Jimmy Giuffre broke up the original Jimmy Giuffre 3 with Ralph Pena and Jim Hall. In early 1958, for a recording session, he formed a new trio without a rhythm section. For the album Trav'lin' Light, his new trio included Hall on guitar and the underrated trombone giant Bob Brookmeyer.


    For a year, they gigged together up and down the West Coast and played summer festivals, recorded, and even played clubs in New York. They became a trio of adventurous musicians for whom form was not an obstacle to creativity. As the year wound down, Giuffre wanted to document the trio once more, sensing its life was coming to an end. He composed the four-movement Western Suite with the trio's strengths in mind, as a way of documenting how they had come together as a band during that year.


    The piece itself stands as a crowning achievement in a career that included discovering the talents of Steve Swallow and Paul Bley and making the truly revolutionary recording Free Fall for Columbia three years later. The roots of that thinking lie in this set. Jim Hall's playing was dark, funky, ambiguous, sounding like drums and voices all at the same time -- particularly in the fourth movement. Brookmeyer became the pace setter. His lines were played as stage settings for the other two players to dialogue and narrate against. Giuffre, ever the storyteller, advanced the improvisation angle and wrote his score so that each player had to stand on his own as part of the group; there were no comfort zones.


    ithout a rhythm section, notions of interval, extensions, interludes, and so on were out the window. He himself played some of his most restrained yet adventurous solos in the confines of this trio and within the form of this suite. It swung like West Coast jazz, but felt as ambitious as Copland's Billy The Kid. The record is filled out with two other tunes, one of Eddie Durham's, Topsy, and the final moment of mastery this band ever recorded, the already classic Blue Monk. The easy stroll of the front line with Brookmeyer's trombone strutting New Orleans' style is in sharp contrast to Giuffre's clarinet playing. Which carries the bluesy melody through three harmonic changes before he solos and then plays three more. Hall keeps it all on track, and somehow the piece sounds very natural this way, though unlike Monk, there are no edges here -- everything is rounded off. This is as solid as any of the earlier or later Jimmy Giuffre 3 records, and two notches above Trav'lin' Light in that it reveals a fully developed sense of the responsibilities, possibilities, and freedoms of reinventing jazz for the trio.


    Musicians:



    • Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet, tenor saxophone, bassoon)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • Bob Brookmeyer (trombone)




    Recording: 1958 by Heinz Kubicka, Herb Kaplan, and Tom Dowd
    Production: Nesuhi Ertegun




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Pony Express
    2. Apaches
    3. Saturday Night Dance
    4. Big Pow Wow
    5. Topsy
    6. Blue Monk
    Jimmy Giuffre
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Yes And Also Yes (Awaiting Repress) Yes And Also Yes (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Yes And Also Yes (Awaiting Repress)

    The title for Mike Doughty's new album, Yes And Also Yes, was the headline of his profile during an unsuccessful foray into online dating. Most of the songs found here were written at the legendary artists' colony Yaddo, where Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers, Sylvia Plath and a lot of all-time giants once worked.

    The album was recorded in a studio in Koreatown, Manhattan from July of 2010 to April of 2011 and was produced by Pat Dilett. Supporting musicians include Andrew 'Scrap' Livingston on bass and Thomas 'Doveman' Bartlett on piano. Features the Christmas song, Holiday, where Doughty duets with Roseanne Cash as well as Into the Un, a rejected Twilight soundtrack song about goth kids on LSD in a train station.
    1. Na Na Nothing
    2. Into the Un
    3. Day By Day By
    4. Holiday (What Do You Want?) with Rosanne Cash
    5. Russell
    6. Strike the Motion
    7. Have At It
    8. Makelloser Mann
    9. The Huffer and the Cutter
    10. Rational Man
    11. Telegenic Exes #1 (Hapless Dancers)
    12. Weird Summer
    13. Vegetable
    14. Telegenic Exes #2 (Astoria)
    Mike Doughty
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  • Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker


    180g Audiophile Vinyl!


    Cut From The Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes At Abbey Road Studios!


    A tall imposing figure, so tall, in fact, that he often dispensed with a podium, Efrem Kurtz was a distinguished Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov and Tcherepnin and was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch. Kurtz had a broad symphonic and operatic repertory and conducted the premieres of works by Copland, Barber, Walton, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. But he was most highly regarded for his interpretations of Russian music.


    Kurtz was a familiar name to the record collector of the 1950s and embarked upon a series of Tchaikovsky ballet recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI in 1958. HIQ has already released Swan Lake and the release The Sleeping Beauty is in preparation. Of this Nutcracker highlights Gramaphone wrote: This is probably as good a selection as could reasonably be expected.


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.


    In the original review in The Gramophone of November 1958, R.F. remarked: The orchestral quality is superb, and the dynamic contrasts tremendous. If you can hear the opening pizzicato notes of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, the end of the Valse des Fleurs will have your neighbours banging on the wall in desperation.


    Recorded March 1958, Kingsway Hall, London. Recording Producer: Peter Andry. Balance Engineer: Neville Boyling


    Features:

    • Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl

    • Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!

    • Superior Audiophile Pressing

    • Features Original Album Artwork

    • This recording is not otherwise generally available in any format.


    Musicians:

    Philharmonia Orchestra

    Efrem Kurtz, conductor

    The Nutcracker Op. 71
    Side One:
    1. Overture
    2. No. 2 - Marche • No. 3 - Petit Galop Des Enfants Et EntrÉe De Parents • No. 8 - Scène • No. 9 - Valse Des Flocons De Neige
    3. No. 12 - Divertissement; Le Chocolat; Le CafÉ


    Side Two:
    1. No. 12 - Divertissement: Le ThÉ; TrÉpak; Danse Des Mirlitons
    2. No. 13 - Valse Des Fleurs
    3. No. 14a - Pas De Deux
    4. No. 14b - Pour Le Danseur • No. 14c Pour La Danseuse • No. 14d - Coda • No. 15 - Valse Finale

    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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